And Episode 4, “A Lost Child” for cinderscoria! Cinder’s 5 has mad protective instincts when it comes to the kiddos, so approach at your own risk.
“We’ve had that report confirmed, Runner 5…there’s a kid wandering in No-Man’s Land…”
In our latest 4.1.5 update for Android, we’ve added split time graphs! You can now view your performance in detail for every run. Simple, but powerful.
We’ve also released 4.1.5 for iOS today, introducing calorie tracking, along with fixes for Airdrop Mode and mapping issues.
And next week, prepare for a big announcement about the first-ever Zombies, Run! Virtual Race…
If you’re up to date with Season Four, you’ll be wondering if the emotional rollercoaster of the past fortnight will continue into a third week. There’s only one way to find out: Run! Here’s what we have this week:
S4M25: “Another Brick In The Wall”
S4M26: “Grown Ups”
If you have a Pro Membership, both missions are available right now! Otherwise, you can use your free weekly unlock credit to play either one. Let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter (@zombiesrungame)!
Note: Mild S2 spoilers!
Naomi Alderman, ZR co-creator and lead writer:
Nice question! The answer is that it’s partly deliberate and partly happenstance. Pandora Haze and Van Ark are both names that were requested by Kickstarter backers, but I felt they had a particular literary quality to them, and particularly nice resonances, so those were the ones I picked to do something more than “name a park” with 😉
more ZR draw and delivers!
Well the wonderful and talented Bingo In the Elf-Lounge ( http://elfbingo.tumblr.com/ , http://sapphiregamgee.deviantart.com/ ) has brought to life another creation of Runner Five for me. Just back from a supply run, the Runner has found a special treat for everyone’s favorite Radio Operator, Sam Yao. With her trusted ax and backpack of holding, the Runner is ready for anything.
We just added split times, speed profile graphs, distance markers, and animated paths to ZombieLink – let us know what you think!
Hello to the 1.8 million players who’ve bought and downloaded Zombies, Run! It’s lovely to see so many new Season 1 fans posting on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, and being greeted with open arms by the Season 4 veterans. This post is mostly about our roadmap for the game in the next couple of months, but we never forget how important our community is. It’s your support, free and Pro members alike, that makes the game what it is.
Since our last State of the Township in June, we’ve added almost all of the features we aimed for, and even more beyond that. We’ve improved stability and reduced crashes considerably, but we know there’s more to do:
New on iOS
New on Android
New on Zombielink
As ever, this is what we’re aiming for in the next two months. Development is unpredictable, etc.:
We recently began testing short audio adverts in Zombies, Run! We’re doing this so that even free users can help support development of the game, and we’re choosing them carefully so they’ll be a mix of our own ads, and from selected third parties. You’ll only hear them on missions that you have to unlock. So:
If you’re a Pro Member, you won’t hear audio ads from third parties, and we’d only ever play short messages before your run to tell you about really important things. And if you’re a Legacy Member, you’ll only hear third party ads on Season 4 missions.
Ever since our Kickstarter four years ago, when we announced we’d be launching on iOS before Android, we’ve had a lot of questions about the differences between the two platforms. To be plain, a lot of people wonder why features usually come to Android later than iOS.
We know it’s frustrating to see features available to other people before they’re available to you, and we certainly empathise – over half of us here at Six to Start are Android users – so we wanted to explain why.
The most important reason is that development is harder on Android. This isn’t an experience unique to Zombies, Run! or Six to Start – many developers say the same thing, which is why apps and games like Instagram, Hyperlapse, Google Hangouts, Fallout Shelter, 80 Days, The Room, and Monument Valley are launched or updated on iOS first.
Why is development harder on Android? This Savvyapps blog post discusses issues like device fragmentation, maturity of development tools, and OS adoption rates; they estimate Android development takes 2-3 times longer than iOS. Whether or not those numbers are ‘true’, we’ve observed that trend ourselves.
Of course, there are unique benefits in developing for Android, like the rapid speed of deployment (a few hours vs. the 7+ day Apple review period) and the relative openness of the platform. It’s also clear Google is making huge efforts to improve other areas such as OS adoption rates and fragmentation issues (via Google Play Services), and they’ve introduced a support hotline for select Android developers.
The truth is, if Zombies, Run! was a product that could be ‘finished’ and didn’t require any significant maintenance or new features, then feature parity is something we could aim for in the near-future. But we keep on coming up with new ideas and features, and that means the horizon of feature parity keeps slipping away, even as both our iOS and Android apps improve every week and month.
Overall, development is harder on Android – even with the same number of developers on iOS and Android, even with highly skilled developers who are expert on both platforms. We aren’t choosing to delay Android development because we value the platform less, and we aren’t developing iOS at the expense of Android.
It isn’t an exaggeration to say this week’s missions are the most anticipated in years – so I won’t blather on. Here they are:
S4M23: “Goodbye to You”
S4M24: “Livin’ on a Prayer”
Pro members can play both of these missions immediately. Free and Legacy members can unlock either mission with their weekly free unlock.
It’s been a long, cold few weeks. Sleepless nights, empty days. But the torment is over. We return with two new missions this week and boy are they worth the wait. Here they are:
S4M21: “In Da Club”
S4M22: “Runaway Baby”
As always, both these missions are available for download right now if you’re a Pro Member. Otherwise, you can use your weekly free unlock credit to unlock either one. We can’t wait to hear what you all think of these, so let us know on Twitter (@zombiesrungame) or in the comments here!